28 Days of Black History Month: (Mother) Clara McBride Hale

28 Days of Black History Month (February 17th)

Clara McBride Hale  (April 1, 1905 – December 18, 1992)

Clara McBride Hale
(April 1, 1905 – December 18, 1992)


Clara McBride Hale was born on April 1st, 1905 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, but Raised in Philadelphia, Pa. Mother Hale, as she would forever be known as was a Humanitarian of the highest order. She married her High School sweetheart and they moved to NYC. Together they had 3 Children, 1 was adopted. After her husband died of Cancer in 1938, She found work as a maid & a janitor full time day and night. She eventually settled down and took time off from working to spend more time with her kids. This lead to her opening up a day care in her home. Starting in 1969 She started taking care of several kids in her Harlem neighborhood while their parents worked. She had such a big heart, she began to take in foster children after it became apparent that their parents were either unfit or unwilling to care for them. There was a point in time when Mother Hale had as many as 40 plus children living in her home, which was properly called Hale House.

Mother Hale’s biggest distinction came from the fact that started taking in kids who were addicted to drugs. In the 80’s they were referred to as crack babies. She also cared for many children born addicted to HIV (the Virus that causes AIDS) She took them in cared for them and raised many of them until their parents were fit to do so themselves. Over the span of her life Mother Hale was highly appreciated and honored with over 300 awards dedicated to her loving Humanitarianism. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan Honored Mother Hale at his State of The Union calling her an American Hero, for her Humanitarianism. During her lifetime she provided care for close to 1000 thousand kids of all ethnic backgrounds. Sadly, on December 18th, 1992 Mother Hale passed away due to complications of a stroke, she was 87. Hale House continues to this day providing assistance not just for kids but families as well as many communities in need.

Editor’s Note:

They’re aren’t enough kind words to say about this Angel of a Women. Very few people can touch the lives of people that they never met or knew. So imagine the impact she had on the ones she personally helped. Mother Hale was a person who i’m proud to say i was alive when she was spreading her love. All that i can simply say is, #Thankyou.

To Donate to Hale House


Hale House Center, Inc.
Development Department
154 West 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027



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